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Dec. 18, 2007

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Southeast Missouri State women's basketball begins a weeklong road swing through Alabama beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 18 with an Ohio Valley Conference contest in Birmingham against Samford at the Pete Hanna Center at 5:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on the internet at and at ESPN/KGIR 1220 AM.

Southeast enters the week with a 5-5 record and holds 1-1 ledger versus OVC teams after being idle last week due to final exams. The Redhawks captured their first conference win on Dec. 8 at home with a 66-60 victory over Tennessee Tech. Southeast is led by junior guard/forward Sonya Daugherty's 14.8 points and 2.2 steals a game, while senior forward/center Missy Whitney has produced a team-leading six rebounds per contest and a .468 field-goal percentage. Senior guard Ashley Lovelady is the Redhawks' assist leader with 2.3 helpers a game and is second in steals at 1.8 a game. Junior forward Rachel Blunt is third on the team in scoring at 7.0 points per game.

Samford brings a 6-3 overall record and a 0-1 conference mark into Tuesday's contest versus the Redhawks. The Bulldogs opened their conference slate on Dec. 5 at home with a 76-63 loss to in-state rival Jacksonville State and have not played a game since then. Freshman guard Emily London has posted an average of 10.4 points per game to lead Samford while ranking second on the team in assists (2.9 apg) and steals (1.1 spg). Freshman forward Savannah Hill is second on the team with 9.9 points a game and has amassed a team-leading 4.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Taryn Towns has recorded a team-best 3.1 assists per contest. Mike Morris is in his sixth year as head coach for Samford and holds a 75-78 career record that includes semifinal appearances in the last two OVC Tournaments.

The Redhawks have notched a 9-2 lifetime ledger against Samford in the all-time series between the two squads since the 2003-04 season. Southeast has won six of the last eight meetings 2004-05 and won all three contests last season including a 57-51 win in the OVC Tournament semifinals last March. The Redhawks hold a 3-1 all-time record in Birmingham, but will play in the Pete Hanna Center for the first time.

The Redhawks have a 14-4 lifetime advantage in games played against schools from the state of Alabama. Southeast has tallied a 9-2 record against Samford, a 5-1 ledger over Jacksonville State and an 0-1 mark against Troy. Southeast produced a 5-0 mark last season against Alabama teams.

Junior guard Tarina Nixon produced her best game of the season on Dec. 8 against Tennessee Tech. The 5-6 native of Gilbert, Ariz., tallied a season high 16 points, six rebounds and five assists versus the Golden Eagles while posting a career-best two blocked shots. Nixon is averaging 6.7 points, 2.8 caroms and 1.8 assists per contest this season.

Junior Rachel Blunt continues to emerge as a threat in the post for the Redhawks entering this week's conference games. Blunt, a 6-0 forward out of Dexter, Mo., has averaged 10.6 points and 3.4 rebounds a game over the last five contests for Southeast. She produced a season-high 17 points, which included connecting on a career-best 7-of-8 from the free throw line, and six caroms on Dec. 8 against Tennessee Tech at the Show Me Center.

Southeast closes the week-long road trip Thursday evening with an OVC contest against host Jacksonville State at the Pete Mathews Coliseum with the tip-off set for 5:30 p.m.


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